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Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by Happygirl21, Apr 9, 2016.

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  1. Happygirl21

    Happygirl21 Low-Roller

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    Just wondering about MSS. Planning to give it a try in October, just for a one night DT visit. How is the walk to FSE, etc?

    I have read that 777 is worth a visit. Also, am curious about the Friday seafood buffet and the Saturday morning brunch.

    Thanks :beer:
     
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    Nice place, older crowd, with decent selection of slots. Very cheap and good quality buffet.777 is very popular, can be long queues. FSE is only a short walk, maybe safer to use the connecting bridge to the Cal late at night.
     
  3. eaglejohn

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    Easiest way to FSE is from MSS take enclosed bridge to Cal go down escalator and exit at 1st and Ogden exit , cross street and go through back of Binions to FSE. Odd number rooms are quieter and face away from expressway. Rooms are fine, but it is an older hotel. One of largest basic room downtown. Both MSS and Cal have fridges in all rooms.
    Microbrews are good and you can get them while gambling.
    Champagne brunch is one of our favorites. Cheap $11.99 and can use LVA BOGO . Sit near the omelet guy, he is a trip.
    Seafood night is decent. Can get crowded. $22 and no coupons can be used for this one.
    Cal next door has a very good prime rib special after 4 for $9.99
     
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    I like to go to MSS for all the reasons mentioned. It's just nice and relaxed. The room itself was very dated, I would probably not stay there again, I prefer a nicer room. But the casino is great and the 777 is great. The walk is fine and the bridge to Cal is probably the best way to get to and from FSE. It gets quiet on Main Street itself between MSS and Fremont late at night. I've seen some homeless during the walk but they were not interested in my presence.
     
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    Everything Eaglejohn said. If you're interested in some of the antiques you see at MSS, stop by the players club area and pick up a brochure that explains many of the pieces.

    The Cal route is a good way to get to Fremont, but feel safe just walking out the door and walking down Main Street to Fremont, that way you can drop into the Plaza and also see Golden Gate.
     
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    MSS has become our favorite hotel/casino, we love it. We previously stayed on the Strip at Harrah's/Bally's.

    We rarely spend more than 5 minutes checking in. You can get from your room to the casino in a matter minutes. For us the room is comfortable and clean.

    While I like the buffet at MSS, the two you mentioned aren't my favorite times to go (Friday pm and Saturday am). We went to the seafood buffet once, the line was 45 minutes long, the place was crowded, and people were very slow at getting their food. I went mainly for the crab legs and learned they don't provide the cracker tool for opening them (if I ever go back I will take one of my own). My problem with the weekend brunch is the price, when you compare it to the weekday price they just don't offer enough 'extras' to justify the price. I like the other buffet times.

    We like 777 for the wings, sushi, and pizza.

    For breakfast I often go over the bridge to the Cal and grab us some doughnuts to eat at the Boar's Head Bar while we play VP. The Boar's Head Bar is a nice place to hang out, full-pay video poker and good drink service. Most of the bartenders are good, a few are great.

    Getting to FSE? During our first stay my wife was leary of walking down Main Street to get to Plaza/FSE. As others have mentioned you can cut through the Cal and Binions but you'll miss the sexy dancers on the Main Street Stage. We have gotten more comfortable with the area.
     
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    winston_churchill_table1.jpg If doing the antiques, visit Winston Churchills snooker table on 2nd floor, only accessable from the "secret" elevator in the middle of casino. winston_churchill_table8.jpg
     
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    I play at Boyd Casinos exclusively.

    PROS:
    Remodeled rooms, it's not WYNN, but reduced or free is great! How much do you stay in room anyways?
    Fridges in room
    Easy 5-min access to your room
    Great VP including some 10/7 DB.
    Very good crap odds
    Great Micro-brews
    Good 777. Did I mention the great micro-brews? $2-3 at the bar! Great bartender, Jose, at the Boar's Head Bar.
    Easy parking
    Easy walk to FSE...take the way earlier described on just walk down Main St. As a single person, never been a bother after hours.
    Great gift shop prices.
    Great antiques throughout the property
    On of the best ambiances for seating area in buffet
    Good booze prices at Cal gift shop on the bridge
    Easy comps with very little play
    Great Noodle soup at Hawaiian Spec on the Cal Bridge
    You can use your points at Lampert's Ice Cream on the Cal Bridge Yummy!

    CONS:
    Using a host is hit or miss, even though I do like 2 of them.
    No free WIFI in lobby anymore, and they will not allow you to use points to pay for room WIFI ($9.99 a day)
    Some do not like the shutters on windows vs drapes
    No coffee maker in room (I bring my own 1-cupper, so never an issue for me)
    Very low shower head, an issue if you are 5'5" or taller.
    No pool, but you can use The Cal's
    Very very smokey in the casino

    I will be staying here for 4 nights in May, and possible again in July.
     
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    I like it. It's a couple of blocks off of FSE as you seem to already notice but the walk isn't bad at all. I haven't felt unsafe. If you don't want to walk up Main to Plaza you can take the sky bridge over to The Califnornia ad then an easy walk across the street to the back door of Binion's. The beers are cheap at MSS. Nothing mindblowing about them but they are tasty and cheap. I enjoy video poker there too. If you get a 4 of a kind of better, call an attendant and they will give you a scratch off card worth at least $2, sometimes more.
     
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    I am not familiar with Binions "back door". Is it obvious? I've walked this street many times and have never seen it...
     
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    Go out the door closest to the San Francisco Bar. It's valet/porte couchere entrance.
     
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    Thanks for pointing me in the right direction - I will find it our next trip. :thumbsup:
     
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    My wife is 5'2" and feels remarkably safe traveling either way to FSE at most times of day/night with her hulking 5'11" 172 lb. body guard at her side. You will fall in love with the MSS and upon returning to the hotel over the bridge you can even stop in for ice cream (go giant hot fudge sundae with two spoons) if you don't think you have the energy to make it all the way across the main street walkway. Have a good time and let us know via post as to your take on the area.
     
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    We are strongly considering booking MSS for the first night of our upcoming trip. Since we are doing a longer than usual trip, we decided to do one night downtown before moving to the strip. The info in this thread has been very helpful!

    What's the best place for breakfast that is relatively close by?
     
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    breakfast-----would recommend 2 options-----1--the buffet at mss or 2--the market street café next door at the California---both reasonably priced-----at mss you can also get a breakfast at their 777 from midnite up to the time their buffet opens
     
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    Option 3...Fremont has a buffet, but in the same dining space, they have an order off the menu option, with a server at your table. Reasonably priced. My wife's favorite is the deuces. Two eggs, two pancakes and two sausage. Around $6 or $7.
     
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    If staying MSS the breakfast buffet is $7.99 and get a seat by the omelet guy. Will cook eggs to order or any omelet. We do cheat and grab a couple donuts or Danish for the room(get extra napkins)
     
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    More Pros and Cons for the MSS:

    Pros:

    Like the Cal they offer in-wall safes. Not very big though, probably big enough to hold a tablet or a camera but not big enough for a full sized laptop.

    NO RESORT FEES!! Surprised that nobody mentioned that.

    20x odds on craps. Unlike the strip crap tables.

    Free parking for hotel guests. Just ask for a parking pass when at the front desk when you check in.

    Parking area for check ins. You can park your car there for probably 20 mins while you check in and go to your room.

    Hallways on each floor have cameras watching you.

    Laundromat located in the RV lot.

    Advantage rent a car located in MSS, car parking lot located across the street in the overflow Cal/MSS parking lot. I think they are only there from 7 to 5 but you can return your car at any hour of the day or night and leave your keys in the drop box located by the Advantage desk.

    Most people regard the Cal and MSS as one big property with the overhead walkway. No going outside to get to the cal and only a few minute walk between properties.


    Cons:

    Some people don't like the noise of the passing trains in the south facing rooms and they don't like the noise from the freeway in the north facing rooms. IMHO, ask for a south facing room on a high floor and hopefully the noise from the trains and the street noise won't be as noticeable.

    Vanity area is not located in the "bathroom". Bathroom only contains a tub and toilet. The vanity area is outside the bathroom. Not a big problem but if your SO uses the blow dryer when you are trying to sleep it can sound like you are right next to her. The Cal west tower the bathrooms are complete with tub and toilet and vanity all in one enclosed room.

    Parking structure is not attached to the hotel so if it is raining you will get wet going to the parking structure.

    No free wifi. You can walk over to McD's at the Plaza for a free wifi.

    Elevators to get to your rooms are in the back area of the casino (near the registration desk) so it can sometimes be a pain to get to your room if you are tired.

    No real amenities like strip resort hotels. TV has the standard number of channels and pay channels. Basically a safe secure decent room but not as comfortable to lounge in as the rooms on the strip.


    Breakfast:

    In addition to the previous comments, the Market St. Café at the Cal offers a buffet breakfast. Nothing special, ready made scrambled eggs, breakfast meats, fruits, cereals and toast and bagel/muffins. Usually a buck or two lower than the MSS buffet. They also serve regular breakfast and offer nightly/early morning specials (like steak and eggs or oxtail soup) before 8 am.

    you can also walk to the Plaza, they have a McD's there if you want a simple, cheap breakfast or HHAGG if you want a big breakfast.
     
  20. MGinCO

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    Very good and cheap breakfast at GG DuPar's.
    Love their pancakes!
     
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